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No. 5 Minot Ryan topples Trinity girls

MINOT -- Minot Ryan forward Gabbie Bohl and her teammates wasted no time establishing themselves against Dickinson Trinity on Saturday night.

Led by 6-footers Bohl and Hannah Stewart, the No. 5-ranked Lions used their defense to force 18 turnovers and hold Trinity to 38-percent shooting from the field in a 71-41 victory Saturday night at Ryan's gym.

The second possession for the Titans began a barrage of turnovers that haunted them throughout the game. The early impression the Lions gave the Titans was baskets would be difficult to come by.

"We knew we were going to have to play really good defense because we knew they were a strong team, and we had to be ready to go." Bohl said. "We had to make sure every shot Dickinson Trinity had was going to be fought for."

Three Lions scored in double-figures. Bohl led the team with 22 points and five steals. Stewart and Sydney Landsiedel each had 13 points.

Senior Nikki Grinsteinner led the Titans with 21 points and six rebounds.

The turnovers began to mount for the Titans, and the combination of bad looks at the basket helped propel Ryan to an early 17-4 advantage they would continue to build on.

"Offensively, there's a lot of things we have to work on as far as timing and entering the basketball," Trinity head coach Alysia Barman said. "We're playing a lot of young kids right now. Just the speed of the game is something that we struggled with tonight."

In the second quarter, the Lions cranked up the defensive pressure and increased their lead to 41-13 with 2:15 left in the half.

Ryan head coach Julie Stewart was impressed with her team's effort on defense, especially in the second quarter. The Lions increased their lead to 45-18 at half.

The Lions' statistical dominance was evident in all categories including rebounding, where Ryan held a 33-19 edge.

"I knew against Dickinson Trinity the key was going to be defense and rebounding. We have to be able to put up a lot of points," Julie Stewart said. "I thought we did a better job tonight, and had a good effort on the defensive side of the ball."

Trinity 10 18 38 41

Ryan 27 45 62 71

T: Nikki Grinsteinner 21, Andrea Jirges 6, Katelyn Grinsteinner 6, Jillian Stockert 4, Gretchen Weir 2, Rachel Jahner 2.

R: Gabby Bohl 22, Sydney Landstiegel 13, Hannah Stewart 11, Quinn Harmon 8, Maddie Wald 7, Lauren Leidholt 6, Anika Rovig 5, Cheyenne Schmidt 4, Sydney Marmon 2.

3-pointers: T 1 (K. Grinsteinner 1), R 2 (Wald 1, Landstiegel 1). Free throws: T 8-15, R 6-13. Total fouls: T 16, R 14. Rebounds: T 36 (N. Grinsteinner 6), R 44 (Bohl 13). Assists: T 10 (Jahner 5), R 19 (Rovig 8). Steals: T 8 (Weir 4), R 14 (Bohl 4). Turnovers: T 23, R 15.